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10 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Used Car

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New cars are all the same. They come straight from the factory. But every used car has a history.

For example, one may have been in an accident and the other not. One may have been parked on the street and the other in the garage. One may have been regularly maintained, while another has been neglected.

It is your responsibility to identify potential problem areas prior to purchase.

If you buy a used car from a dealer, you will not have much information. The dealer may have taken the car in trade-in or bought it at auction. In these cases, it is best to check the car’s history and have a mechanic inspect it.

Buying a used car from a private seller is a different story because he owns the vehicle and has driven it. If you want to buy a used car, you need to check the history of the vehicle. But first you need to ask these 10 questions about the car’s ownership history and its current condition.

1- How has the car been maintained?

Find out whether it has been maintained at a dealer, an independent mechanic, or a “shadow” mechanic, i.e., not affiliated with a garage. Also ask if the maintenance is up to date. Some dealers even suggest talking to the mechanic who worked on the car.

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